I have heard wonderful things about Cornersmith. It took a while to get there, but finally one Saturday morning, ‘The Mother’ and I were catching up with one of our friends, M, and I suggested this place. The place was packed on Saturday at 10.30am – they have a self-managed queue system. Write your name and the number of people on the board that’s hung on the door and wait. It took us a good 30 – 35 minutes to be seated. ‘The Mother’ is not fond of waiting, but considering there were no other cafes nearby and he had M to keep him company, he didn’t complain so much! Not that he is a complainer – just that he doesn’t like waiting much!
The menu which was written on the board was vast! I couldn’t decide what I wanted, as everything sounded wonderful. The bircher muesli, the eggs, the sandwiches – I really could have ordered one of each!
I couldn’t go past the poached eggs on toast with red pepper relish ($9) with a side of avocado ($4). Perfectly poached egg, the avocado and red pepper relish fresh and absolutely tasty all served with a sour dough bread drizzled with olive oil. It was the perfect breakfast that I needed that day.
‘The Mother’ loved his poached egg, garlic aioli, rocket, free range ham and red pepper relish ($10). He didn’t exactly offer me any, but he was going to lick the plate if the waitress didn’t take the plate away. He said the serving was a tad small but everything was so fresh and complemented each other well.
M had the apple bircher with natural yogurt, plum compote and poached pear ($10) – I almost ordered this and it looked as good as it tasted. It was divine! The apple bircher was soaked perfectly, the plum compote and poached pear wonderful complement. I could happily eat this on a daily basis!
Cornersmith can be found on the busy street of Illawarra Road and it is very close to Marrickville station and a couple of shops down form PhD. I didn’t get to try the coffee, as I am still on a coffee ban, but I am a definite fan of the food and the vibe. Getting a table for more than two is a bit of a pain I thought – those that came in twos got seated quicker. As whether or not its baby friendly? It’s tight, the place is small and if you have a massive pram it could ‘get in the way’ but doable.
The menu is simple. They have many things made on site – honey, pickles, chutneys and jam. I bought a muffin to take on the go, for the movies and I have to say it was one the fluffiest, and nicest muffin I have had – I can’t remember what it was sorry! But it was good.
Would happily come back – if it was closer I would be there right now!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
314 Illawarra Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
Ph: +61 2 8065 0844